Lawmakers ask Haley to name retired SLED agent interim Berkeley Co. Sheriff

Lawmakers ask Haley to name retired SLED agent interim Berkeley Co. Sheriff

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County lawmakers are asking Gov. Nikki Haley to appoint a retired SLED agent to run the sheriff's office in the wake of Sheriff Wayne DeWitt's resignation.

Calvitt "Chab" Clarke, 59, is that man, according to Sen. Larry Grooms, who says he and the other four senators who represent Berkeley County submitted Clarke's name to the Governor's Office on Wednesday.

"I'll step in and try to regain the public trust and provide leadership," Clarke said during an interview with Live 5 News Thursday afternoon.

Clarke says if appointed he will meet with the sheriff's office command staff and other employees.

"The first thing I'll do is take a look at the office itself and see if there are any immediate changes that need to be made."

Grooms says Haley has named four other sheriff replacements, and in each cases she appointed a "caretaker sheriff" who would not run for office and would try not to sway the results of the special election.

In June, Haley appointed a retired former assistant sheriff of Lexington County, Alfred "Lewis" McCarty, 72, to serve as interim sheriff there after she removed James Metts from office following Metts' indictment on federal charges. McCarty had served as assistant sheriff for Lexington County from Jan. 1, 1973 until Jun 30, 1999, when he retired after 37 years in law enforcement.

Grooms says Clarke would not run and would hand control of the department to the next elected sheriff.

Voters in Berkeley County will be electing a new sheriff in 14 weeks to replace DeWitt, who was arrested in December on charges of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury.

There is no word yet on whether Haley will act on that recommendation.

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